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Radical Women commemorate fifth anniversary of war
Radical Women commemorate fifth anniversary of war
by Rajkhet Dirzhud-Rashid - SGN A&E Writer

Female and Fearless Against The War: Blockaders of Military Shipments Speak Out
New Freeway Hall
March 20


With yet another delicious dinner to start things off, members of both Radical Women and The Freedom Socialist Party commemorated the start of the Iraq war with a panel discussion Led by members of Oly-PMR, the Olympia Port Military Resistance group. The three female members of Oly-PMR, Shizuno Wynkoop, Patty Imani, and a former member of governor Locke's cabinet, and member of two Washington Native American tribes, spoke of how a group of fearless women had decided to stage an action of resistance to the convoy of military vehicles that were being shipped through the port of Tacoma and Port of Olympia last year.

'We decided that, as women, we needed to represent not only women here, but women in Iraq and around the world, and particularly protest how war affects women the most," said Imani in her presentation. She and about 100 other women formed a human barricade against the vehicles and confronted police and pro-war supporters, sometimes with violent confrontations, the women said. They also spoke of how men in the support groups put themselves between the line of women and harm from police harassment and pro-war harassment and were able to allow the women to stick to their agenda of non-violence.

"At times it was scary, but it was also very powerful, watching this action just happen, watching more and more people join us as it evolved," said Wynkoop. She said she had been one of the few who was zip-tied by one particularly surly policeman, and she was with other women who were taken in a van to an isolated location and left there, but women in the van who were able to get their hands free called for help. "It was a long process, them getting us processed and jailed, then releasing us, one at a time," said Wynkoop. The three answered questions from the audience after the presentation, and many people stayed after the formal panel discussion had ended to mingle, network and discuss possible future resistance to the continuing U.S. presence in the Middle East.

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